Gratitude-August (29)




-They Ready presented by Tiffany Haddish. Just watched Aida Rodriguez. Funny Real. Looked her up and today happens to be her 42nd birthday! Went on Twitter and did the thing.

-Librarian. I checked out a DVD. Basquiat. I went to play it last night and it got stuck in my computer. I’ve tried everything. I’m going to have to open it up and retrieve the disc that way. But I don’t have the tools. The Librarian is giving me a month extension to get it back. I told her it’d be messed up. She and the guy at the desk said I’d have to replace it. Suggested Amazon. I was like, it’s a rare dvd that’s why I borrowed it. They checked the price and to replace it will cost $40. I asked, what if I couldn’t pay it. She said my account would be frozen. I shrugged my shoulders and said okay. She told me when I get it out, bring it in, and she’ll access the damage. She said come see me. I said thanks. Left feeling hopeful and despondent. I’m skilled like that.

-guitar practice

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*note* These are for today and additions for the past couple days 😊

-Library to power up my electronic devices for the weekend.

-Been reading more. Book books in addition to the usual Supercorp fan fiction. Reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Wildseed by Octavia Butler, and Nova by Samuel Delany. I think I have to put Nova aside for now because it really requires a different sort of attentiveness than I feel capable of at the moment.

-Audiobooks for when my eyes are too tired and hurty. Listening to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley narrated by Michael York and The Chrysalids & Survival by John Wyndham

-This experience of living with no electricity. It’s Day 5. On Day 3 I broke out in a heat rash, got sick, and missed a doctor’s appointment. Yesterday I felt much better. Got an update on what’s been going on. Automatic payment tried to take out $1300 for a bill that averages $45 a month during a given yearly cycle. Electronic error plus beuracratic stuff to get it sorted.

It’s near impossible to eat healthy with no fridge, no stove, and low cash. Trust me when I say salad stuff, cucumbers, tuna, spinach, avocados, limes and lemon, etc, beans, and various teas, are inexpensive and gets me through usually. I don’t eat much and I tend to graze and that hasn’t been possible. My stomach is not happy. And yes, I’m hungry. Thank goodness that I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for over a year otherwise I’d be in trouble. I won’t starve. Mostly experiencing head hunger. I’ve learned a lot this week. Different view of the world is an understatement. Anyhoo, power will be back on by Monday 🤞🏾😀

-Clean fridge!

-Clean underwear.

-Baby wipes.

-My roommate for working diligently this week to fix the kitchen drain and bathroom sink. And for texting me back when I was feeling angry, helpless, and hopeless. His simple response helped more than he knows.

-Meditation. On it! 12 consecutive days.

-Physical Therapy going well this week. Big difference in overall hope in regards to future mobility. I’m totally psyched.

-J, for messaging me/looking out, even though she experienced a super challenging week too. 27 years of friendship. I don’t want to even think about life without her.

Art making

-Radical Optimism

-Netflix and the downloadable stuff. Watched the first episode of Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready. So funny 😂🤣 Feels great and necessary to snicker and belly laugh. Thankful to her and all the comics she’s lifting up.

I am grateful for you dear reader. This blog is something I can do. You help me feel less alone.

No Power Art-8.21-23.19

Some recent pieces.

Crayons. Digital Art via iPad apps, Sketches and ShadowDraw. Graphite pencil in sketchbook.

Day 2 with no electricity. (Left) Crayon #1 made in the dark, randomly picking 2 colors. (Right) Crayon #2 made while using a flashlight for illumination.

Crayon #2-Classic B&W filter

Crayon #2 Original

Sketch #1-Sketches App

Sketch #2-Sketches App

Playing/Practicing with ShadowDraw App on iPad

3 from my sketchbook (55s)